LIFEPAYT Project, in Aveiro, completed its field experience with success

On November 16, 2020, the pilot experiment in the Urbanization of Forca Vouga ended, with PAYT containers on the ground, with enormous success. This experiment aimed to test a prototype of collective use surface container, with access control, for the deposition of undifferentiated urban waste. PAYT containers were operational on the ground between September 15 and November 16, 2020. Domestic and non-domestic users in the pilot area, in order to deposit their waste, had to use a PAYT card with chip, individual for each waste producer. For each opening of the container, 30 liters of undifferentiated urban waste produced (PAYT model by volume) were counted.

On the 16th of November the pilot experience in the Bairro da Forca-Vouga ended. There were several lessons learned from this experience: at the technical level, it allowed us to realize that the developed hardware / software system needs to be improved, as well as the prototype container, which, despite having been improved throughout this experience, showed some weaknesses. At the social level, this experience allowed us to see the importance of carrying out communication campaigns on the ground and that face-to-face contact is the best way to raise awareness among the population.

In the coming months, the analysis and evaluation of the data from the waste deposited during the months of September to November 2020 will be carried out. Also, domestic composting actions will continue to be developed in the Neighborhood, as a way to reduce the amount of waste placed in the containers of the undifferentiated, and a waste characterization campaign that was carried out during the project’s implementation phase will bring relevant data about the Project’s impact on the separation habits of the domestic and non-domestic users of Bairro da Forca-Vouga, in Aveiro. All of these results, yet to be assessed, will be published in due course on the Project’s website.

The LIFE PAYT Project team thanks all the residents who collaborated and made this pilot experience possible, in Aveiro.